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Rich Idaho Cup races set at Sandy Downs this weekend


July 16, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Two rich Idaho-bred stakes races—the $15,257 Idaho Cup Derby and the $16,310 Idaho Cup Futurity—highlight the racing weekend at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The Idaho Cup Quarter Horse Derby at 400 yards is the seventh race Friday night, while the 350-yard Futurity anchors the Saturday program as race number eight. First post both nights is 6:00 p.m.

Trainer Bret Vickery is the one to beat in both the Friday’s Derby and Saturday’s Futurity. Vickery sends four separate betting interests postward in the Derby: Shake Em Silver, Clark N Eye, Lds Patty Ann, and Shake Em Zevi. Clark N Eye, who will break from the middle #5 slot, has been tabbed as the morning-line choice at 9-to-5. The grey gelding is owned by Gary and Jeralyn Messenger and will be ridden by veteran jockey Paul Greene.

In the Saturday main event, the Idaho Cup Futurity, conditioner Vickery figures to continue his dominance when he saddles both Hawkinsign, the heavy morning-line favorite at 8-to-5, and Jo Dee Chic, the second choice at 3-to-1.

In the trials on July 2, Hawkinsign had no trouble racing to a wire-to-wire three-length win. He trounced a field that included Special Truth and Blue Ice Shaken—two fellow juveniles he’ll face in the Futurity finals. Hawkinsign will break from the #7 post position with Jockey Dirk Crane handling the riding assignment.

Jo Dee Chic will get a chance to prove her worth in the Futurity against Hawkinsign. Jo Dee Chic, making her sixth career start, has only finished out-of-the-money once. On Saturday night, she’ll be looking for third straight trip to the winner’s circle.

In addition to the Idaho Cup races, weekend’s racing programs also features six Thoroughbred races—two on Friday night and four slated for Saturday.

Live simulcast racing begins at 1 p.m. with Ruidoso Downs and continues the evening with such tracks as Hollywood Park, Emerald Downs, and Los Alamitos.